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In God's House: A Novel About the Greatest Scandal of Our Time [Format Kindle]

Ray Mouton

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'An extraordinary and harrowing thriller of the likes of John Grisham or Michael Connelly.' --Sunday Herald.

'This gut-wrenching and well-written story will leave you stunned.' --Cape Times.

'Jesus wept. This, the shortest sentence in the Bible, is the one that came to mind over and over as I read this shocking, gripping novel.' --Business Day.

Présentation de l'éditeur

Renon Chattelrault faces the most controversial case of his legal career. The defendant: a Catholic priest. The charge: sexual abuse of 17 children. It is the first case of its kind, and it goes to the core of one of the oldest, richest and most powerful institutions on earth, the Roman Catholic church. As Chattelrault mounts his defense of Father Francis Dubois, he begins to uncover evidence of an epic conspiracy - one that implicates not just the Louisiana diocese, but goes all the way to the Vatican itself. Most men would stand aside; but Renon Chattelrault is not most men.

IN GOD'S HOUSE is a powerful thriller about the greatest conspiracy of our time, and one man's fearless crusade for justice.

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  • Editeur : Head of Zeus (1 septembre 2012)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 As powerful a story as you will ever read 9 septembre 2012
Par Court Lewis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I've been a reader all my life, and it has been years since I've read a book as powerful as this one. Ray Mouton was the Louisiana lawyer who was hired to defend the first priest in the U.S. to face criminal charges for child molestation, in 1984. As he came to realize that this was not an isolated sick priest, but that every Catholic diocese across the country and maybe the world harbored similar monsters and that the Church was determined to hide this situation at all costs, he began a dogged campaign to force the Church to deal with the problem and to save children from further harm. That campaign ultimately cost him his marriage, his profession, and his faith in the Church.

What is so unusual is that this man who lost nearly everything trying to do the right thing also turns out to be a writer of the first rank. He has produced a novelized, fictional version of these events that reads at a steadily intense pace, is stylistically at the level of great authors such as Harper Lee and Truman Capote, and is as hard to put down as the best John Grisham thriller. There are passages of great beauty along with parts that will make your heart pound and your mouth go dry. But the big difference between this novel and other crime thrillers is that it's rooted in the actual reality of what could be the biggest scandal of our times. I think this book will be seen as the definitive story of the clergy abuse crisis, and I predict it will be a worldwide bestseller.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not God's House 23 août 2012
Par Robert Blair Kaiser - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In God's House is the novelized (and highly readable)version of the event that triggered the biggest scandal in the history of the Catholic Church in America. Readers will know that the author, Ray Mouton, was the attorney hired back in 1984 by the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, Cajun country, to defend the notorious pedophile priest, Gilbert Gauthe. As in any novel that spins off real events, they cannot help wondering what is truth and what is fiction. Mouton, the lawyer, claims this work is fiction. Even so, Mouton, the novelist, manages to tell a story that is true in a larger sense--about the Church's inability to do anything other than cover up the predations of its wayward priests.

The bishop's monsignor-vicar who hired lawyer Renon Chattelrault deceived even him. He refuses at first to tell him the priest's name or what he had done. Chattelrault wonders why the vicar would want to sabotage his own case? It's like the wonder of the private-eye at the beginning of "Chinatown." The private eye has to know more, even if it almost kills him. So, too, with Renon Chattelrault in this tale. He has to know more.

What he learns almost kills him--and it does kill his faith when he realizes that the Church that hires him is guiltier than the poor, sick priest. Church officials knew this priest was a pedophile before they ordained him. They know he is a child-rapist in his first assignment. Yet they make him a pastor in a second assignment, where he rapes more children. And then Chattelrault discovers they are covering up for more priest-rapists.

What kind of Church is this? Certainly not God's house. The book's title, then, turns out to be a pure irony.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 15 septembre 2012
Par Julie McCaleb - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have been hearing about abuse in the Catholic church for years and have personally known some of the victims and their families who will suffer with PTSD for their entire lives. This excellent book tells it like it was and sometimes still is. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. Wanted to vomit, scream, cry and destroy the "good ole boys" who took (and do take) part in the cover up of atrocities inflicted on the innocent! If it weren't true I'd say it's unbelievable.
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Par Thomas E. Guilbeau - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have practiced criminal law for 40 years handling 11 death penalty cases and thousands of major felonies. I am a voracious reader with an extensive eclectic library and the only crime fiction writer I enjoy is John Grisham...until I read Ray Mouton's "In God's House."

From the moment I started reading it, I was drawn into the case which unfolded like a Louisiana gardenia in the nefarious Bishop's court yard. Never has a writer captured the inner workings of what was the beginning of the greatest cover up of child sexual abuse crime in the history of the United States and possibly the world by the world's largest religious organization, the Roman Catholic Church.

Pitted against this is Renon Chattelrault who with his fading innocence but guile as a brilliant and masterfully creative lawyer matches wits with the power and influence of the Church. The action and intrigue are nonstop and addictive and I found myself up later than usual reading it. Towards the end, I rationed the book as I did not want to leave the presence of Renon who is destined to be in literature a truly authentic lawyer "Hero."

"In God's House" is one of the best books I have ever read. It has intrigue, drama, action, love and everything that makes a great book. The main character was played in real life by the author Ray Mouton, who as only a criminal defense attorney who actually lived the case, could thus fictionalize it so perfectly. Mouton in his first novel proves to be a master story teller on the same level as John Grisham and Larry McMurtry. I am glad to have found this exciting new author and look forward to his next work.

Thomas E. Guilbeau
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 God's House ON FIRE 27 novembre 2012
Par Allen Josephs - Publié sur Amazon.com
In 1984 Ray Mouton, then a young successful lawyer in Lafayette, Louisiana, defended the first priest brought to trial for child sex abuse. His controversial decision to defend this abhorrent pedophile would eventually cost him his marriage, his profession, his health, his faith, and nearly his life. Now after a dozen-year effort, he brings us a fictionalized account of those harrowing times. In God's House races along at a pace you'd expect in novels from Michael Connelly and Scott Turow and John Grisham. Yet unlike most legal/crime fiction, this story turns on historical events that give it a truth and a horror and a dread you cannot abide and will not forget. In God's House seeks out that higher imaginative ground of Aristotle and Keats and Hemingway, but its foundation in grim reality, both historical and personal, makes it one of the most courageous books I have ever read.

You don't have to google Ray Mouton in much depth to find the historical facts behind this book: the bringing to trial of the priest amid the attempts to cover up his guilt; the guilt of many other priests and cover-uppers of priests; the whole soul-numbing sordidness of endless child abuse blowing up into a worldwide scandal and crisis, to this day not resolved.

Mouton dedicated his novel primarily to Scott Anthony Gastal, who "changed the course of history when he became the first child to face a bishop in a court of law, testifying bravely before a judge and jury." And the novel carries an unusual note about the author prior to the title page, bona fides explaining Mouton's involvement in the trial and his "subsequent efforts to save children...working with a canon lawyer in the Vatican Embassy" and co-authoring "a document in 1985 that has since been hailed by the media as the most important document issued in the crisis."

Protagonist Renon Chattelrault knows when he agrees to defend the clearly guilty priest that many in his southern Louisiana parish will criticize his decision, but initially he has no idea that his defense of one man will lead to the exposé of a legion of ecclesiastically protected pederasts whose history of abuse predates the Trinity. Turning his solitary defense into a crusade for the protection of innocent children, Chattelrault pursues at all costs the elusive truth of extended abuse and the extended cover-up of abuse. And the costs are high indeed, involving blackmail and betrayals, suicides and murders. The great strength of this novel lies in Mouton's deft and utterly believable accounting of those costs. Chattelrault suffers and the reader suffers with him. Nothing is black and white. Two of the heroes are priests, one with AIDS. No one is innocent. The enemy is truth. You'll have to read this extraordinary, complex novel to understand and appreciate the nuanced plot, the shared guilt, the shattered faith, the social miasma in the swamps of southern Louisiana--and all the worldwide implications.

No one in the world but Ray Mouton could have written In God's House. In matters of conscience, it will remind many readers of Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, which John Grisham recently pronounced in the New York Times Book Review the greatest legal thriller. Harper Lee once said a novelist "should write about what he knows and write truthfully," precisely what Ray Mouton has done--artistically and historically and ethically and compellingly--as he sets God's house on fire.

(Reviewer's note: The three most engaging novels I have reviewed are Ernest Hemingway's posthumous The Garden of Eden, Gabriel García Márquez' The General in His Labyrinth, and Ray Mouton's In God's House. [I have reviewed books for forty years, academically and as reviewer in the New York Times Book Review, New York Newsday, The New Republic, and others]. What makes the writing of a review engage the reviewer? The responsibility of being up to the stature of the author or the seriousness of the subject matter. Ray Mouton has not won a Nobel Prize, but he has written a novel so compelling that I must put it in my top category. In God's House pursues a truth that matters, the cost of which nearly defies comprehension.)
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